| Aug 5, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Boutique confectionery Dylan’s Candy Bar plans to open its fifth free-standing store, and first in the Midwest, on the Magnificent Mile in spring 2015.
The candy store founded by Dylan Lauren – daughter of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:30 AM
With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn't alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood.
Entertainment Weekly calls gross receipts for what should have been a blockbuster July...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:52 AM
Jimmy Butler’s Taylor Swift sing along in the Bulls locker room earlier this year makes a little more sense now.
The Bulls guard was on hand Friday for the country music festival, Windy City Smokeout, at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River. Ex-Bear...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 5:09 AM
The small town of Paris, Ill., is the birthplace of Carl Switzer, the late actor who played the iconic Alfalfa in the “Little Rascals” series, and Brett Eldredge, the country music singer whose singles “Don’t Ya” and “...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 12:22 PM
When Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" first opened in London in 1981, long before the kitty takeover of social media, I recall my teenage self marveling over a line in the newspaper advertisements of the time. "No admission," the ads would say, "while the...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Like Peter Parker and Princess Diana of Themyscira disappearing behind Spider-Man and Wonder Woman masks, the artists born Mike Hadreas, Nika Danilova and Aaron Jerome perform vanishing acts this fall when each releases new music under larger-than-life...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:17 AM
The fall always brings a windfall of new music, and this year is no exception. Albums are expected by everyone from Taylor Swift to Shellac, and Jason Aldean to Aphex Twin. Prince is back in a big way, and the dream team is at it again — who else...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:30 AM
It's a story as old as Bob Dylan: a guitar-toting young troubadour heads to the city, gets a deal, hits it big and then goes electric. In 2014, his name is Ed Sheeran, he's 23 and from a coastal town two hours from London. His new record, "x," arrives...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Booty, beauty, beats and Kate Bush. Below, a rundown of some of what happened this week in popular music.
-- A few decades from now, when music historians are writing the tome of Los Angeles in the early part of the century, two names will be at the...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 1:43 PM
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Busker-turned-pop superstar Ed Sheeran has spent years touring extensively with Taylor Swift, and the pairing couldn’t have been more fitting. On the English singer’s 2011 breakout “+,” Sheeran’s songs...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 6:38 AM
It would be easy to jokingly criticize Nickelodeon TV’s The Fresh Beat Band, which headlined the grandstand at Allentown Fair on Sunday, as playing music that’s simplistic and having lyrics that are juvenile (Get it? A kid’s band with...